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Axe hangs over Illawarra Coal


BHP Billiton’s Illawarra Coal subsidiary will face around 65 job cuts and the associated closure of its Wollongong office if the South32 spinoff is implemented according to information received at a recent analyst tour.
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PPK rejigs board, lands property sale


ORIGINAL equipment manufacturer PPK Group has made three internally sourced board appointments plus struck a deal to sell its Dandenong South property for $12.35 million.
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Lessons of Yancoal Australia


AUSTRALIA, and the rest of the Western world, has a lot to learn from China, but after reports of a boardroom bust-up at the coal mining company Yancoal Australia it struck Hogsback that there are some Chinese qualities best ignored, or even condemned.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Vale ready to cut output amid global glut; Rio Tinto tells Andrew Forrest to ‘get your own house in order’; and Seven lifts stakes in Beach Energy, Drillsearch Energy.
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Resources sector drags down project pipeline: Deloitte


THE scale of the challenge Australia faces in navigating its way through a cooling resources boom is becoming clear, with commodity prices having declined to a point that is limiting the returns on past investment as well as putting a stop to new investment opportunities, Deloitte Access Economics’ latest Investment Monitor shows.
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Hunter coal chain restored


THE Hunter Valley coal rail network has been re-opened following the flooding damage last week, although maintenance crews will still be around for another couple of weeks.
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Energy women dominate scholarship


WOMEN working in the oil, gas and energy industry dominated the third round of the federal government’s Board Diversity Scholarship Program, winning 17 of the 40 scholarships on offer.
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Experience no bar to fatal accidents: MSHA


DEATH in the coal mining industry doesn’t discriminate between young and old, according to the first quarter report on mining fatalities by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration.
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Miners have costliest injury treatment costs: report


WHILE Australia’s mining sector overall incurs the highest treatment cost per worker, with the longest average treatment duration, the return-to-work rate is higher than the Australian average, according to a report by organisational health group Konekt.
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Alpha reports a loss as it strives to lower production costs


ALPHA Natural Resources has reported a first quarter 2015 adjusted net loss of $US176 million compared with an adjusted net income of $15 million in the first quarter of 2014 despite its efforts to reduce its cost structure.
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Vigilance needed to keep ‘ice’ out of NSW coal industry


THE war on drugs in coal mines has a new focus – methamphetamines or “ice” as it is more commonly known.
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CoAL moves to new phase


COAL of Africa Limited (CoAL) is moving ahead with Stage 3 of its capital raising program to raise £7.92 million ($A15.31 million), to be implemented no later than May 29, to help develop its projects.
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Santos claims free cash by December


WHILE Credit Suisse may have declared the company’s shares worthless if current oil prices continue for an indefinite period, Santos chairman Ken Borda says the markets tell a very different story, with two multi-billion transactions supporting the Adelaide-based oiler’s strategies.
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Laing, Parsons win $4.36B Pacific Hwy upgrade contract


LAING O’ROURKE and Parsons Brinckerhoff, cooperating as Pacific Complete, have been chosen as the preferred delivery partner for the $4.36 billion, 155km Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.
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Thermal coal’s dim outlook


NATIONAL Australia Bank has downgraded its forecast for 2016 Japanese Financial Year contract prices for thermal coal from $US70/tonne to $62/t, despite Glencore finalising its contracts with Tohoku Electric Power at a premium to spot prices.
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Adani mine to create only 1464 jobs a year, says consultant


AN AFFIDAVIT has alleged that Adani Mining’s $16.5 billion Carmichael Coal Mining Project will only create 1464 jobs a year rather than the more than 10,000 claimed by the company.
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Baird meets hard working miners


NEW South Wales Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Robert Stokes toured the greentape-challenged sites for Anglo American’s Drayton South and Rio Tinto’s Mount Thorley Warkworth extension projects on Tuesday – a move commended by the NSW Minerals Council.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Iron ore juniors in firing line; Senex Energy cuts output forecast as spending is reduced; and BHP investors prepare to hold tight on South32.
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Out & About: Baird’s Drayton tour


ANGLO American has provided snaps of the recent Drayton mine and Drayton South project tour made by Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Robert Stokes.
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Stanmore upgrades Belview resources


QUEENSLAND explorer Stanmore Coal has upgraded 50 million tonnes of its Belview coking coal project’s resources from the inferred status to the higher indicated category.
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Cliffs coal production slides


CLIFFS Natural Resources’ North American coal sales volume in the first quarter of 2015 was 1.3 million tonnes, a 15% decrease when compared with 1.6Mt sold in the first quarter of 2014.
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MCA defends fuel tax credits


THE Australian Conservation Foundation attack on the fuel tax credits scheme singles out mining activities but is ultimately an attack on regional businesses, according to the Minerals Council of Australia.
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A new contracting paradigm?


IT IS little secret that many of Australia’s mining contractors are doing it tough – but is buying into projects the way to get ahead? Supply Side by Australia’s Mining Monthly editor Noel Dyson
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HOGSBACK 
Lessons of Yancoal Australia


AUSTRALIA, and the rest of the Western world, has a lot to learn from China, but after reports of a boardroom bust-up at the coal mining company Yancoal Australia it struck Hogsback that there are some Chinese qualities best ignored, or even condemned.
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Hogsback watches Mick Davis flash his cash


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MINE ACTIVITY 
Out & About: Baird’s Drayton tour


ANGLO American has provided snaps of the recent Drayton mine and Drayton South project tour made by Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Robert Stokes.
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MORE MINE ACTIVITY

North Wambo’s last panel approved


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COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY 
Axe hangs over Illawarra Coal


BHP Billiton’s Illawarra Coal subsidiary will face around 65 job cuts and the associated closure of its Wollongong office if the South32 spinoff is implemented according to information received at a recent analyst tour.
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MORE COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY

Alpha reports a loss as it strives to lower production costs


Vigilance needed to keep ‘ice’ out of NSW coal industry


CoAL moves to new phase


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OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY 
PPK rejigs board, lands property sale


ORIGINAL equipment manufacturer PPK Group has made three internally sourced board appointments plus struck a deal to sell its Dandenong South property for $12.35 million.
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MORE OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY

Hunter coal chain restored


Laing, Parsons win $4.36B Pacific Hwy upgrade contract


A new contracting paradigm?


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COAL MARKETS 
Energy women dominate scholarship


WOMEN working in the oil, gas and energy industry dominated the third round of the federal government’s Board Diversity Scholarship Program, winning 17 of the 40 scholarships on offer.
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MORE COAL MARKETS

Thermal coal’s dim outlook


Baird meets hard working miners


Western Surat CSG moves forward


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R & D 
Major coal research program launched


THE Brookings Institution’s Energy Security and Climate Initiative has launched a major research program to provide policymakers with an “unbiased assessment of how to deal with coal moving forward, both domestically and internationally”.
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SAFETY AND HEALTH 
Experience no bar to fatal accidents: MSHA


DEATH in the coal mining industry doesn’t discriminate between young and old, according to the first quarter report on mining fatalities by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration.
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MORE SAFETY AND HEALTH

Miners have costliest injury treatment costs: report


Vigilance needed to keep ‘ice’ out of NSW coal industry


Chinese coal disaster claims 16 lives


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ENVIRONMENT 
Mining companies exaggerating benefits: LTG


COAL mining companies such as the Indian giant Adani Mining are providing misinformation to governments on projected employment and other returns leading to mines being approved whose limited benefits do not outweigh their irreversible social and environmental impacts, according to the Lock the Gate Alliance.
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MORE ENVIRONMENT

Renewable platform online


Oz coal could endanger planet: Climate Council


EPA chief’s bitter-sweet pill for coal


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EDUCATION 
BHP trains up students


THE week-long Make it now in Trades (MINT) challenge – a collaboration between BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) – has given 20 students from regional Queensland the training tools to become future tradies.
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Rio returns to Diggers


Coal Prep show to examine future of US coal


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